I didn’t sleep very well last night, but my husband slept worse. How do I know? The It Bed by Sleep Number told me.
This week, we started sleeping on this smart mattress so I could test it in a real-world setting and eventually write a review. The It mattress, which is available in the US now starting at $799 for a twin and going on up to $1,499 for a California king, has a lot of the tech you’d expect from Sleep Number. There are dual inflating air chambers that let you and your partner pick custom firmness settings, built-in sensors to track vital stats and a related Android and iPhone app where you can check out your SleepIQ score from last night’s sleep, as well as view weekly and monthly averages.
Wen my husband, Kevin, went to sleep at 11:49 p.m. and was out of bed at 5 a.m. for a relay run around Kentucky’s bourbon country, he logged only 4 hours and 32 minutes of what Sleep Number calls “restful sleep” and earned a SleepIQ score of 55. Sleep Number says, “There’s no such thing as a bad score,” but 100 is optimal, so Kevin’s 55 and my 67 for last night could use some work. SleepIQ numbers are individualized based on your heart rate and breathing rate, as well as how much of your time in bed is restful versus restless, and when you get out of bed entirely.
For the next few weeks, I’ll detail experiences like these while I sleep on and test Sleep Number’s It Bed. I’ll discuss all of that behind-the-scenes stuff we do leading up to a review, including a quick aside to rant about the number of boxes this thing came in: SIX, more than half of which were heavy and spectacularly difficult to lug up to our second-floor bedroom.
To be more specific, the It Bed is actually just a mattress — bed frames, bases and other add-ons like headboards are sold separately. I received a frame, a base and a queen mattress to get the full experience, which helps account for the many boxes waiting on my front porch when I got home last Friday. The total cost of those components comes out to $1,598; $499 for the frame and base and $1,099 for the mattress.
Week 1: I feel like a test subject in a clinical trial
The most captivating smart-home products work with a variety of devices from other manufacturers, so you can engage with multiple platforms in a (hopefully) seamless way. Want your Wi-Fi LED bulbs to flash every time your security camera detects motion? Give IFTTT a go. Want to use Siri on your iPhone to open and close your smart window shades? Ask Apple’s HomeKit.
But testing a sleep device and its various accessories over a monthlong period is a bit more…involved.
Basically, that’s because this mattress (and select other Sleep Number mattresses) now works with a growing number of other brands thanks to Sleep Number’s new application program interface, or API — a fancy term for the software that lets devices from different manufacturers work with one another. The idea is that the SleepIQ app will pull data from all of these partner apps to detect patterns and give you tips to improve your sleep. Some compatible programs include:
And to do this thing right, I want to try out as many of those It Bed partner integrations as possible. That means my daily connectivity to and interaction with gadgets and gizmos is at an all-time high. In fact, I’ve spent most of the week getting those third-party devices up and running with It:
I’m wearing an Apple Watch that tracks my activity and communicates that data to Apple HealthKevin’s wearing a Fitbit Charge 2 to compare its Sleep Number integration with Apple WatchI’ve paired my MapMyRun account with the Sleep Number’s SleepIQ appWe’re both logging our weight on a Fitbit Aria and a Withings Body scaleI’ve replaced our old thermostat with a Nest Learning Thermostat
And for an extra dose of overkill, I found my old Fitbit Flex hanging out in a drawer and decided to add that into the mix, too. Because, at this point, why not?
Certainly, the majority of households won’t have two connected scales and three fitness trackers between two people, but we’re going all in to see what works and what doesn’t.
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After a week, it’s still a bit early to see how all of these integrations work with the It Bed. My hope is that the SleepIQ app will help me make sense of all of these partnerships over time. So far, I feel like a participant in a clinical sleep trial — all wired up with devices tracking my health and fitness, but unsure of what everything means.
Be sure to check back next week for the second installment, where I hope to have a better handle on all of these accessories. After a month or so of weekly journaling, I expect to have an official recommendation in the form of a full review.